EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon won the first six points of the match to down Hawaii, 6-1, giving head coach Nils Schyllander his 100th career victory with the UO men. Winners of 11 straight matches, the No. 27 Ducks improve to 14-1 on the season while remaining unbeaten at the Student Tennis Center (9-0).
Schyllander’s milestone victory is a reflection of the team’s recent upsurge as the Ducks won 17 matches in 2012, 16 matches last season and have now opened with a 14-1 record this year - tying its best start in the past 20 seasons. Schyllander is one of two coaches in program history to reach triple figures in wins, trailing only legendary Buzz Summers, who won 374 times between 1968-94.
Schyllander first came to UO as an assistant coach for the women’s team prior to being named head coach in 2004. After three successful seasons, he took over the reins of the men’s program that has steadily been reaching new heights under his watch.
“It’s nice to hit that mark, and it tells me that we’ve brought in some really good players here,” said Schyllander, who is in his eighth season at the helm of the UO men’s team. “It’s a credit to the guys we’ve brought into the program that have steadily helped us get better. It tells me that we’re bringing in talented players, and that hopefully more wins are to come for us.”
The Ducks, who haven’t lost since Jan. 26, won five-of-six singles matches to improve their combined singles record to 64-10 (.865) this spring.
Junior Daniel Sardu and freshman Jayson Amos cruised to straight-set wins to put UO on the board first. Sardu defeated Danilo Casanova, 6-3, 6-2, in No. 4 singles play to improve to 13-4 on the season. Amos handled Pavel Liska, 6-1, 6-2 in No. 6 singles and improved to 18-3 on the season. With 11 straight wins, Amos is four wins away from matching Robin Cambier’s program record win streak.
For the second straight match, sophomore Daan Maasland clinched UO’s team victory. The Geldrop, Netherlands, native defeated Chas Okamoto, 6-3, 6-4, in No. 4 singles. Maasland is 11-1 in singles this spring, riding a nine-match win streak.
After dropping his first three games in No. 5 singles, junior Joey Swaysland found his groove and won in straight sets over David Schuster. Swaysland rallied to a 7-6, 6-3, win and became the sixth player on the team to reach double figure singles wins (10-5).
“Hawaii is a really good team, so this was a good match to play and win before USC and UCLA,” said Swaysland. “That definitely will be a great challenge, but we’re playing and fighting really well, so we’re looking forward to those matches.”
Sophomore Kevin Farin won a super tiebreaker to improve his singles record to 17-4. He won his first set against Nils Schumann, 6-3, but fell in the second set, 5-7. The Belgium native battled to an 11-9 win in the super tiebreaker to give Oregon a 6-0 lead. Farin has won six straight matches at the top two singles positions.
The Rainbow Warriors were able to avoid the sweep with an impressive win in No. 1 singles. Cambier, ranked 110th in the nation, won his first set but dropped the second and a super tiebreaker against Hawaii’s Jonathan Brooklyn.
Oregon opened the match by winning yet another doubles point, their 14th through 15 matches, but had to grind in order to do so. UO’s No. 3 doubles tandem got on the board first as Sardu and Amos defeated Okamoto and Chris Meyer, 8-2. They improved their spring doubles record to 10-4, becoming the second Oregon team to reach double figure wins this season.
Maasland and Swaysland clinched the doubles point in the No. 2 spot, defeating Brooklyn and Carter Lam, 8-5. The pair improved their doubles record to 10-1 after notching an eighth straight victory.
UO looked prone to get a result from Cambier and Farin’s No. 1 match, but Hawaii’s Schumann and Schuster won two straight games at the end to delay the match. When Oregon clinched the doubles point, the No. 1 match was left unfinished at seven games apiece. Cambier and Farin have a team-best 17-2 record this season.
Oregon will now open its Pac-12 schedule, beginning with the conference’s two highest-ranked teams. The Ducks will meet top-ranked USC (17-2) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. (PST) and No. 5 UCLA (11-2) on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Both matches will be held at the Student Tennis Center.
No. 27 Oregon (14-1) 6, Hawaii (3-9) 1
1. Cambier-Farin (ORE) vs. Schumann-Schuster (UH) 7-7, unfinished
2. Swaysland-Maasland (ORE) def. Brooklyn-Lam (UH) 8-5
3. Sardu-Amos (ORE) def. Okamoto-Meyer (UH) 8-2
Order of finish: 3, 2, UF
1. Jonathan Brooklyn (UH) def. Robin Cambier (ORE) 5-7, 7-6, 1-0 (10-4)
2. Kevin Farin (ORE) def. Nils Schumann (UH) 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (11-9)
3. Daan Maasland (ORE) def. Chas Okamoto (UH) 6-3, 6-4
4. Daniel Sardu (ORE) def. Danilo Casanova (UH) 6-3, 6-2
5. Joey Swaysland (ORE) def. David Schuster (UH) 7-6, 6-3
6. Jayson Amos (ORE) def. Pavel Liska (UH) 6-1, 6-2
Order of finish: 4, 6, 3, 5, 2, 1